PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN icon Thiago Silva’s free transfer to Chelsea is “almost done”, according to reports.
The 35-year-old became a free agent after his side’s Champions League heartbreak against Bayern Munich and he is reportedly on his way to Stamford Bridge.
Bayern ground out a 1-0 victory over Silva’s side in the Champions League final in Lisbon.
But while representing the Ligue 1 giants in Portugal, discussions over Silva’s new club have been brewing in the background.
The Blues were said to be in “advanced talks” two days ago.
And now the deal is “almost done”, according to the Athletic.
Following the match, Silva said thank you to PSG fans as he tweeted: “It was my last match in Paris.
“I’m sad. I apologize to the supporters. I thank all the fans for their love.”
Thomas Tuchel also confirmed PSG would be “losing” the Brazilian in his post-match interview.
Despite turning 36 next month, Silva still backs himself to perform at the highest level.
And BT Sport pundit Steve McManaman believes Silva would be a welcome addition to the Chelsea side.
Speaking about the potential free signing, McManaman said: “Football is all about the now.
“You can’t plan about five, six or seven years because the manager might not even be there then.
“For the here and now he is an excellent defender.”
Silva has also long admired the Premier League, and is keen on a move to England.
But after eight years and seven Ligue 1 titles in France, his commitment to PSG still shines through.
Tuchel’s side made the surprise call to opt against renewing his deal but only this week Silva suggested he could still sign an extension if PSG were to change their minds.
He told the club’s website: “The club turns 50 and it’s the last year of my deal.
“I gave everything I could.
“If I can continue to play with the club, we will discuss it and make the best decision.”
Chelsea are usually reluctant to hand anything more than a one-year contract to players in their 30s, although did renege on this habit with David Luiz last year.
They had also been willing to offer Willian, 32, a two-year deal prior to his switch to Arsenal.